Lots and lots (and lots) of links today. There is so much “future of publishing news” this week my head is spinning. Let’s get to it!
First up, those of you who have e-Readers may have wondered on occasion why there are lots of books missing from the e-libraries. Well, AP reporter Hillel Italie wrote a recent article assessing some of the reasons, which include skepticism about the whole e-book thing and a strong disagreement over royalties. You might see the CEO of a certain agency interviewed in the article. A certain agency that likes the color orange. Okay, it’s Curtis Brown.
Speaking of e-Readers, via HarperStudio (love those guys) comes a blog post at the NY Times about the effect e-Readers are going to have on books, including making them easier to buy (and stop reading), a great jockeying for search engine optimization, and the possible return of the cliffhanger as a way to entice buying. I love the idea of cliffhangers making it
Speaking of the New York Times and e-Readers, they have a separate article, crucially, about the Kindle’s effect on literary snobbery. In other words, who is going to try and impress everyone on the subway by reading ULYSSES when no one can see what they’re reading? It’s the end of literature as we know it, people.
And now for the corporate side of the future of publishing, some big news afoot as Barnes & Noble launched an mp3 audio book store, and Amazon acquired the company that makes the iPhone e-Reader app Stanza, possibly in anticipation of an Apple/Verizon tablet-sized device that could be a serious game-changer in the e-book world.
And lastly in future of publishing news, my awesome colleague Katie Arathoon passed along two articles, one about the launch of the Espresso in England, a machine that can print and bind a (warm) book in five minutes, and which is probably the future of many paper books as it will allow even the smallest of bookstores to offer the same level of selection as online booksellers.
The second article is about a partnership between hip-hop group De La Soul and Nike (yes, the shoemakers), a sponsorship relationship that could perhaps be a model for authors of the future.
Whew. Things are changing quickly around here.
In agency news, William Morris and Endeavor got married, and I’m told they registered at Bloomingdales. I already got them a rice cooker, so don’t even think about it.
Agent Rachelle Gardner (who I had the pleasure of meeting in Colorado Springs) has an awesome post this week compiling some of the horrible Amazon reviews some beloved books received. If you need a pick-me-up (or laugh) after receiving a rejection, check it out.
Whew. That’s a lot of links. AND THERE’S MORE.
In news that surprises absolutely no one, Susan Boyle is shopping a book.
Slate’s site The Big Money discovered that there may be some moms out there who are obsessed with TWILIGHT.
Over at Murderati, Allison Brennan has another terrific post on Agent for a Day, musing about whether marketability is more important than story. It’s a terrific defense of the importance of story.
Almost finally, via PublicAffairs Editor Niki Papadopolous comes word of a cool project by Perseus. They’re going to be compiling a book based on user entries and then publishing it in as many formats as possible in 48 hours at BEA. All you have to do is submit your first line to the sequel of a great book.
And finally, finally, via the Huffington Post comes an amazing video of a dancing parrot, which scientists are using to prove that not only do some animals actually have rhythm, they have horrible taste in music, too:
Someone get that parrot a book deal.
Have a great weekend!